NDP renews call for suicide prevention strategy

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to stop standing in the way of a province-wide suicide prevention strategy, and act to ensure that people struggling with mental health and addictions challenges get the help they need.

“The suicide rate in Saskatchewan is among the worst in the country, and continues to rise,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “That is why we’re calling on the provincial government to put real support into a suicide prevention strategy. Too many lives have been lost.” 

NDP Critic for Northern Saskatchewan Doyle Vermette had tabled Bill No. 613 — The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act, 2018, but the Sask. Party refused to pass the bill, leaving Saskatchewan as the only jurisdiction in Canada without legislation in place on suicide prevention. The NDP will continue to push for action on suicide prevention in the fall session. 

“This government can and must do more,” Meili said. “Right now, people are hurting and looking for leadership. We again call on this government to stop letting Saskatchewan people down.”